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Clear as mud. What is allowed, then isn’t and is again for August!

(QCOSTARICA) Costa Rica president Carlos Alvarado this Wednesday announced the measures that will be in place for the month of August, leaving aside the "martillo y baile" (hammer and dance) for the "apertura y cierre" (open and closed) experiment. Leaving the details of the measures...

It’s almost 5 pm, do you know where you car is?

If you are in an orange alert zone, anywhere from San Ramon to Paraiso de Cartago, the total vehicular restrictions kicks in at 5 pm and time to get the carrito off the road. The restrictions of 5 am to 5 pm, from Monday...

Who can drive and where today, Monday, July 20

(QCOSTARICA) Confusion abounds on the driving restrictions in Costa Rica starting today, Monday, July 20 and in effect until July 31, 2020. "Orange" and "yellow" areas, differing hours, and specific purposes have more than one driver thinking, before going (if absolutely necessary) can I drive...

3 million In Costa Rica remain under the “hammer” to prevent hospitals collapse

(QCOSTARICA) Due to the increased number of new infections and hospitalizations for COVID-19 in the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), the government has decided to continue to apply the "hammer". On Friday, the government announced that 34 cantons of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM), where 2,967,000...

Vehicle restriction for the weekend of Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19

(QCOSTARICA) As we close the week under the "hammer", a reminder of the vehicular restrictions this weekend, Saturday, July 18 and Sunday, July 19, for the orange alert areas Costa Rica. CAN CIRCULATE from 5:00 am to 5:00 pm: Saturday, July 18,...

COVID-19 Costa Rica: 423 new cases this Friday, vehicle restriction and closed shops remain in orange zones

Updated: The Comisión Nacional de Emergencias (CNE) removed Garabito (Jaco, Herradura, Hermosa, Punta Leona, Tarcoles and more) from the orange zone after initial publication (QCOSTARICA) This Friday, July 17, the Ministry of Health reported 423 new cases of COVID-19 in Costa Rica, with a cumulative...

Buses with standing passengers and crowded stops this Monday

(QCOSTARICA) This Monday buses with passengers traveling standing are reported despite the fact that no standing passengers allowed and 20% occupancy. In addition, crowds of people waiting for buses were not observing social distancing at bus stops. For this week, July 13 to July 17, the...

Cosevi suspends return of seized plates and vehicles

(QCOSTARICA) This week is not a good week, if there is every any, to have your license plates and/or vehicles seized for violating the vehicular restrictions. Due to the strict vehicular restrictions this week by COVID-19, the Consejo de Seguridad Vial (Cosevi) announced the temporary...

“Hammer” time, Costa Rica’s GAM under ‘orange’ alert

(QCOSTARICA) The number of COVD-19 infections in the last few days has been staggering, 1,359 new cases in just three days, resulting in the Ministry of Health losing the ability to monitor and follow-up contacts and issue sanitary orders. As of today, Friday, Costa Rica...

Costa Rica “Hammers” Down For 10 Days

(QCOSTARICA) Apply the term used by Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado "hammer and dance" (martillo y baile), we heard today the anticipated measures to curb the spike in the number of new cases of the COVID-19 and increase in hospitalizations. Starting tomorrow, Friday, July 3...

Constitutional Court: “freedom of transit is not unlimited”

(QCOSTARICA) Once again, the Constitutional Court, also known as the Sala IV, rejected an appeal for protection against the sanitary vehicle restriction, endorsing the powers that the administration has to regulate circulation in the streets of the country. The recent appeal was presented by a...

Here’s how the restriction will work this weekend

(QCOSTARICA) The arrival of Phase 3 of reopening starting today Saturday, June 27, generated some doubts about the application of the vehicular restrictions. As far as the vehicular restrictions - who can and cannot circulate this weekend - nothing has changed in this phase 3. ...

Vehicle restriction and sanitary measures starting this Monday, June 22

(QCOSTARICA) The increase in new cases of coronavirus forced the Ministery of Health to suspend phase three of the scheduled reopening of malls, retail stores and bars on the weekend and authorization for meetings in churches, among other venues. Consequently, as of this Monday, June...

ICT: Hotels have a guarantee to continue operating

(QCOSTARICA) Tourists who have reservations at different hotels in the country are not obliged to cancel their vacations. The Instituto Costarricense de Turismo (ICT) - Tourist Board -  clarified that hotels are exempt from the new vehicular restrictions announced by the Ministry of Health this...

Friday afternoon there was no room for all the cars on the road

Despite the call, the plea by the Minister of Health to stay home, and the vehicular restrictions to avoid infections and the spread of the COVID-19, it seems that many ignored it. In the streets of the Greater Metropolitan Area (GAM) this Friday afternoon, there...

10 points explain the vehicle restriction for Saturday and Sunday

(QCOSTARICA) Pay close attention. A lot has been written since Friday afternoon on the vehicular restrictions put in place for this weekend, today Saturday and tomorrow Sunday, only. There is a lot of confusion. Here are the facts in bullet point form: ...

Who is exempt from the vehicle restrictions?

(QCOSTARICA) Starting today, Saturday, the Ministry of Health implemented the vehicle restriction with stricter measures, due to the increase in COVID-19 cases in the country, which already exceeds 2,000 Vehicular traffic will be allowed exclusively for access to health centers, pharmacies, grocery stores and supermarkets...

246 drivers left without license plates for violating the restriction in 24 hrs

(QCOSTARICA) Between 5:00 am Sunday and 5:00 am Monday, 246 drivers were sanctioned for disrespecting the sanitary vehicle restrictions. The Policia the Transito (Traffic Police) report that between 5:00 am and 7:00 pm Sunday, when only even-numbered plates could circulate, 125 drivers were fined for...

Another 125 drivers without plates for disrespecting vehicular restrictions

(QCOSTARICA) In the 24 hours between 5:00 am Wednesday and 5:00 am Thursday, a total of 125 drivers were sanctioned for disrespecting the vehicular restriction. According to the data from the Policia de Transito, 63 people were fined for violating the measure between 5:00 am...

Tight restrictions in cantons bordering Nicaragua try to contain migrants

On Tuesday, the Minister of Security, Micheal Soto, announced tight restrictions in cantons and districts bordering Nicaragua, to contain migrants, with a strict vehicular restriction that applies every day from 5:00 pm to 5:00 am. The Ministry of Security identified 10 areas that border Nicaragua,...

MOPT recognizes that the vehicle restrictions is a business for the government

The Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes (MOPT) recognizes that vehicle restriction has become a business for the government. "Although the health restriction is intended to reduce the number of people out on the street, unless they really have to be out, it is a...

Despite the restrictions, every day almost 200 drivers are fined for violating

(QCOSTARICA) By now you would think that every driver in Costa Rica is aware of the nationwide vehicular restrictions, the times and the day or days they can or cannot drive their vehicle. But that is not the case. Every day almost 200 drivers end...

The new vehicle restriction in Costa Rica in effect on May 16

This Monday, the authorities announced the relaxation of the vehicular restrictions due to the covid-19 pandemic. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, was emphatic that the vehicular restrictions will remain nationwide, and starting Saturday, May 16 to May 31. Basically all the current restrictions and sanctions...

Restriction for vehicles and shops this Sunday, May 10

(QCOSTARICA) What will be the sanitary vehicle restriction that applies this Sunday, May 10? Since May 1, the Ministry of Health allowed the minimal reactivation of some trade and service activities. Now, on Saturdays and Sundays people can go out by car or motorcycle to...

Coroanvirus in Costa Rica: 697 Confirmed Cases, 287 recoveries

Costa Rica, as of Monday, April 27, reported 697 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 2 more than the previous day. By gender, the number of infected are 334 women and 363 men; of which 628 are Costa Ricans and 69 foreigners. The age range of the infected...

Costa Rica eases measures for a 15-day trial from May 1 to May 15

Keeping to his word, Health Minister Daniel Salas this afternoon announced a 15-day trial period with eased restrictions, "to see what happens". What that means is that from May 1 to May 15, depends on how we, as a people, behave, there will be more...

These are the restriction vehicles and businesses that govern this weekend

What are restrictions on driving and businesses for this weekend, Saturday, April 18 and Sunday, April 19? In practice, no one will be able to drive their car or motorcycle this weekend, except to go to the supermarket or pharmacy, which must be justified to...

Crowds of people could cause COVID-19 contagion to expand

Rico's Digest - OPINION - People aren't listening. They did under the strict measures of Semana Santa, where the strict vehicular restrictions kept vehicles off the road and stores closed, only shopping for groceries and medicines allowed. But on Monday, the first day of the...

New coronavirus in Costa Rica: There are 612 infected; minister warns of “bad omen”

The new coronavirus has spread to 612 people in Costa Rica, according to the report by the Minister of Health on Monday, April 13. That figure means 17 more cases than the day before. The Minister of Health, Daniel Salas, reported during the mid-day briefing...

When can you drive? Here’s a breakdown of the new restrictions

Updated April 29. The vehicular restrictions have been extended to May 15 to reduce the movement of people and contagion of the coronavirus covid-19. I'll start with the night time restrictions, less complicated than the daytime, in that ALL vehicles are restricted from circulation, save...

The vehicle restrictions that will apply from April 13 to 30

Semana Santa is almost over and though there is some letting up of the tight restrictions of this week, the Minister of Health and Minister of Security announced new restrictions that take effect on Monday, April 13. From April 13 to April 30, the nighttime...

Coronavirus in Costa Rica: 577 infections, 49 recovered; New measures for next week announced

Health Minister Daniel Salas reported at noon today, Saturday, that people infected with the coronavirus reached 577, 19 more than the reported the day before, while a total of 49  now have recovered. The number of active cases is now 525. In the total of the...

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